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Moshe Peking

Wow, that brings back memories. My fafther, a"h, loved Moshe Peking, as it had the ambiance of the real Chinese restaurants which he missed from his before-kosher days. Whenever he came into New York when I was in college, he'd always suggest we go out to eat. "Where?" "Do you have to ask?"
I took many a date there into the late 80s as well.
And yeah, you really had to be comfortable with a girl to take her to Bernsteins. Especially since all your friends were probably going to be there, eating off you plate while they waited for a table.

Jun 24, 2012
RJeff in Kosher

Dougie's in Baltimore

Ate there last night. They seem to have trouble getting the food to the table while it's still hot. My buffalo wings were of varying temperature, and although my burger was hot, my fries weren't. I overheard at least two other tables complain to the waiters that their food was cold. A shame. I love Dougie's.

Jan 19, 2012
RJeff in Kosher

New Kosher Chicken Restaurant in Center City Philadelphia!!

kosherfoodfan - I got it off the original link, which, as of last night, was updated with the info I mentioned.

Aug 10, 2011
RJeff in Kosher

New Kosher Chicken Restaurant in Center City Philadelphia!!

According to the latest update, they're shooting for a mid-August opening now.

Aug 09, 2011
RJeff in Kosher

amy's kitchen products found at rockland kosher in monsey

The chasidishe liquor store in Teaneck carries non-kosher products - the presence of payos does not insure kashrus.
I find it hard to imagine the Ner-Tamid is up to chasidishe standards.
I suppose the best thing to do is ask them.

Nov 06, 2010
RJeff in Kosher

Philadelphia Area Kosher Caterer Needed

We have used Isaac Linietsky for our wedding (Lower Merion Synagogue) and several simchas at Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill. He has always done a fantastic job and has been wonderful to work with.
http://www.signaturekoshercaterers.co...

Jeff

May 09, 2010
RJeff in Kosher

Sunday Dinner in Cherry Hill?

Not the most date-friendly place (zero atmosphere), but Perlin's Vegetarian on Rte 38 West has excellent felafel, paninis, pizza.
Cherry Grill has a much nicer ambiance, but I was not happy with the food or service.
Check out the menu to see if there's anything there not made of meat.
http://www.cherrygrill.com/index.php
Perlin's is under the local Orthodox hashgacha; Cherry Grill is too, in conjunction with the OK.
Good luck on your date!

Feb 18, 2010
RJeff in Kosher

New Restaurant Cherry Hill NJ

Just came back from the Cherry Grill (http://www.cherrygrill.com/index.php). Now that Lin's Chinese has closed, it's the only local fleishigs restaurant. It is owned by the Lin, so they have retained the Chinese and Sushi as part of the menu, but also serve steaks and burgers now. The ambience is very nice - my daughter kept commenting that it seemed like a "real" (read: treif) restaurant.
We were there on a Sunday, so they quickly filled up. They were nice enough to bring us a roll for the baby, which was "just warmed up in the oven." As soon as it cooled slightly it was hard as a rock; it was obviously stale.
None of us were thrilled with our orders. Seeing that we were familiar with the Chinese menu, we decided to focus on the new offerings. My wife got a regular burger and I got a pastrami burger; both were terribly overcooked, and dry. The pastrami was inedible. There was no sauce (or even moisture) at all. The french fries were limp. The beer-batter onion rings were okay at best. Much more batter than onion. Ketchup was doled out in little ceramic cups, and we had to ask for several, as they brought one for the whole table. The staff did not check our water glasses or offer refills unless asked (sometimes repeatedly). On the whole the wait staff was friendly and helpful, but a little overwhelmed. (Our teen-aged daughter, who is a fussy eater, got the roast chicken, which was fine for her.)
The prices were not outrageous, but more expensive than this neighborhood is used to.
All in all, we are not in rush to try it again.

Dec 06, 2009
RJeff in Kosher

Carvel and mrs. fields at short hills mall

True, but that never extended to the mall stores.

Apr 26, 2009
RJeff in Kosher

Pesach breakfast ideas?

Glassware can be kashered for Pesach via Iruy - soaking for 3 24-hour periods, changing the water each day. This applies even for Ashkenazim.

Apr 04, 2009
RJeff in Kosher

I found Kosher Fish Sauce

The problem, of course, is using anything with fish in a fleishigs recipe, if you avoid eating meat and fish together.

Feb 12, 2009
RJeff in Kosher

vegetarian oyster sauce

Found a recipe for it; scroll down a bit.
http://www.ellenskitchen.com/recipebo...
Haven't tried it yet, but I've got a list of recipes just waiting for a kosher oyster sauce substitute.

Sep 08, 2008
RJeff in Kosher

Kosher Organic Toaster Pastries at Costco

Although Trader Joe's carrier 2 flavors, Whole Foods carries another half-dozen or more flavors, all under the COR. We discovered some the kids like better than strawberry/blueberry.

Sep 07, 2008
RJeff in Kosher

Oyster Sauce Substitute?

Yes, strictly kosher, Orthodox hashgacha required, etc.
Most of what I find on line is out of date; I have had no success finding anyone who carries any kosher oyster-flavor sauce.
I just want it in my larder for any recipe that asks for it - it pops up a lot in Weight Watchers recipes.

Mar 21, 2008
RJeff in Kosher

Oyster Sauce Substitute?

I'm not sure what kind of consistency oyster sauce has or what kind of flavor it is supposed to add, so I have no clue what I can use in its stead.
Any suggestions?
TIA

Mar 18, 2008
RJeff in Kosher

dragon inn-philly

It's only been 2 years. Lost their lease. But the Holy Land Grill got their chef.

Mar 08, 2008
RJeff in Kosher

West Side Recommendations

Since I got married (4th anniversary coming up) and moved to the other end of the world (well, the other end of the Jersey Turnpike, anyway) I've been totally out of the NY restaurant loop.
My wife and I are coming to the city for a concert next week, and I am wondering what's available (and worhtwhile) nowadays on the Upper West Side. Open to fleishig or dairy, as long as it has a reliable Orthodox hashgacha. Fancy would be nice, but we're not looking for exorbitant.
Thanks.

Jan 17, 2008
RJeff in Kosher

Parents in Philly; Anniversary of Adult Child in Lakewood

have you tried Max and David's in Elkins Park? I have heard really good things about the menu, ambiance, service.The only downside is I think you need a group of at least six for a reservation (can you get another couple to join you?); however several of my workmates have had luck just showing up and waiting.
http://www.maxanddavids.com/

Jan 08, 2008
RJeff in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Paprika

I reiterate - I have a jar of McCormick's Smoked Paprika wth an OU.

Dec 09, 2007
RJeff in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Paprika

Did the McCormick's lose its hechsher? I have a jar of it which I bought recently (within the last two months) and it does have the OU.
Jeff

Dec 08, 2007
RJeff in Kosher

Philadelphia for Thanksgiving

Max and Davids in Elkins Park is the nicest kosher restaurant in the Philly area
http://www.maxanddavids.com/

Nov 08, 2007
RJeff in Kosher

Places with a sukkah in NYC area?

How about nice Italian or fish dairy restaurants? We don't get any NY papers here, so I don't have access to ads, and Shamash doesn't have this kind of info.
2nd choice, a decent meat (non-Chinese) place.
Thanks

Sep 21, 2007
RJeff in Kosher

Places with a sukkah in NYC area?

My wife and I hope to be in NYC on Sunday chol hamoed. Are there any restaurants with a sukkah these days?
If not in Manhattan, how about in Teaneck? (which at least is on the way home)
Thanks. Gmar chatima tova to all.

Sep 21, 2007
RJeff in Kosher

Nam pla or substitute?

Thanks - they sell Braggs at WholeFoods. I'll pick up a bottle.
KVCT

Sep 11, 2007
RJeff in Kosher

Nam pla or substitute?

Has anyone seen a kosher nam pla? Or can they suggest what I can use when the recipe calls for it?
Thanks

Sep 09, 2007
RJeff in Kosher

Pareve English Muffins?

ShopRite and Weightwatchers make a pareve low fat muffin; they're tasteless, but when you're on a diet, you get used to it.

Aug 30, 2007
RJeff in Kosher